- Without doubt the stay at the MudHouse was something that will stay with us - it is a place like no other. The people, the experiences and the cuisine there were just the perfect start to the holiday. We would go back just for that! The time in Sri Lanka is filled with visits to temples, local villages and elephant safaris. Interspersed with some of the most wonderful food and some wonderfully friendly people. The whole thing was vividly brought to life by our guide, Hiti, most definitely a highlight of the tour! His call of "caps, cameras and suncream" as we left the tour bus for the next part of our adventure still rings in my ears today!
Travelling with Hiti meant we had a fun and fact filled experience wherever we visited - Sri Lanka has so much history packed into such a small space. The other great thing through travelling with him was that we were able to meet real Sri Lankan people and understand how they live and work. A chance to really understand this beautiful island and its culture is a truly amazing, humbling and enlightening experience that I cannot recommend to you enough.
The schedule for Sri Lanka is very very full - you are up early and out the door for a full day of adventure. The time in the Maldives was the perfect counter to this - we were on a Maldivian dhoni for 4 days visiting some wonderful islands and enjoying the beautiful blue waters. We also had the chance to meet with the locals and understand a little of their world - it is so different to ours - I still find it hard to imagine living on an island with dimensions less than 1 mile by 1 mile. The captain and crew were amazing - I have to give a special mention to the cook on board - the meals he prepared every day were particularly amazing - made even more so by the small space he had to work in.
This was the holiday of a lifetime - if you do one holiday with Explore then this is the one.
I hope we get to do it again.
Published on: 06 February 2016